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By steepfriends
Jan 4, 2014

The Angeles Nation Forest Service has a plan to allow climbers back to Williamson Rock.

This is it:
a123.g.akamai.net/7/123/11558/abc123/forestservic.download.a>>>

They want your comments on the proposed plan and they want to know why you like Williamson and want to see climbers return.

This is the Email address to send comments:

comments-pacificsouthwest-angeles@fs.fed.us

Please help regain access to this unique and wonderful crag by taking a couple of minutes read the proposal and send your message.
Thank You !!


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By Peter nichols
Jan 6, 2014

how are folks feeling about this? seems super restrictive to me, but is this a scenario where something better than nothing?

esp. this -
Implement a long-term closure of segments of the MYLF Designated Critical Habitat (DCH)and adjacent areas that have historically provided direct human access into the DCH. This includes closure of all stream-based rock climbing routes (e.g. the “Stream Wall” and
“London Wall”), as well as the area of “user-created” braided trails and paths along scree slopes between CA-2 and Williamson Rock.

and this -
Implement a seasonal closure of the Williamson Rock climbing area from January 1 to August 15, to minimize impacts to MYLF and/or peregrine falcons during breeding/nesting seasons. Seasonal restrictions may be extended if monitoring feedback indicates the need.


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By steepfriends
Jan 6, 2014

Besides a personal note, these are my comments sent to the ANF.


CONCERNS:

  • Implement a long-term closure of segments of the MYLF Designated Critical Habitat (DCH) and adjacent areas that have historically provided direct human access into the DCH. This includes closure of all stream-based rock climbing routes (e.g. the “Stream Wall” and
“London Wall”), as well as the area of “user-created” braided trails and paths along scree
slopes between CA-2 and Williamson Rock.

This seems reasonable. Proof should be provided from investigating biologists of how and why they believe the frogs use these particular areas.

  • Construct a “soft” physical barrier (e.g., cable barrier bolted/anchored into rock at stream banks) along the interface of the Williamson Rock staging area and Little Rock Creek.

Streams and canyons throughout the Angeles National Forest are littered with debris (cables, rebar, concrete, railing, anchors, fencing, etc.) that were once part of various construction efforts that were considered "good ideas" at the time by the Forest Service. This should be taken into consideration before construction of any further man made barriers.

  • Implement a seasonal closure of the Williamson Rock climbing area from January 1 to
August 15, to minimize impacts to MYLF and/or peregrine falcons during breeding/nesting
seasons. Seasonal restrictions may be extended if monitoring feedback indicates the need.

Any necessity for seasonal closure should be explained in detail as to exactly how and why this will benefit the MYLF. Peregrine falcon nesting has been observed in the Eagles Roost buttress area for decades and climbers have always respected this and avoided the area during this time on a voluntary basis. A seasonal closure for this reason alone is unnecessary.

I believe dogs should not be allowed at Williamson Rock due to waste disposal issues.

The additional actions outlined in this proposal such as human waste management, scree slope (old trail) rehabilitation, boundaries, signage and limited use area(s) seem reasonable and should be developed in a way that will provide as much protection as possible to the endangered MYLF.

Sincerely,


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By other
From San Diego, CA
Jan 7, 2014
railay thailand

Write and ask them to drop the closure period. Aug 15 is halfway through the season. That will only leave about two-three months of climbing in the year! There will be few climbers there midweek and none at night. There is no need to have the rock closed until August.


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By Benjamin Chapman
From Small Town, USA
Jan 7, 2014
old 1/4" bolt.

Great points, steepfriends. The proposed plan seems excessively restrictive, especially the Jan. 1 - Aug. 15 closure. And the USFS deems the impacts of constructing a "soft barrier" acceptable, but not that of climbers? Just more USFS regulatory horsesh@$t.
"Those who make the rules break the rules as they see fit."


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By tom donnelly
Jan 20, 2014

If you're looking for a good summary of the issues, here is a link to the Allied Climbers of San Diego's website. We've got links to the FS scoping letter, our response, and bullet points for your letters:

alliedclimbers.org/access-issues/action-alerts/103-action-al>>>

comments are due by Jan 24


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